Tolstoy Contributors

Tolstoy is built by an entirely distributed team. Several people have contributed to Tolstoy since its inception in spring 2018. We acknowledge all of them here.

Rosa Lin, Founder

Formerly in biology, journalism, and international development. College at 15. Grew up in the Texas countryside.

Arjun Puranik, Data science

Likes to ponder NP-hard problems. Stanford BS, MS in Mathematics and CS. Tetris aficionado.

Scott Jones, Data science

Astrophysics PhD turned data scientist. Enjoys the lakeside chill of Waterloo, Canada.

Prerna Kashyap, NLP

Bookworm. Internationally ranked on HackerRank. Hails from the tropics of Bangalore. Masters at Columbia.

Albert Xu, NLP

Left the shores of academia at USC to plunge into industry. Enjoys snowboarding and doting on his two cats.

Shreyas Krishnaswamy, Data science

From the plains of Pleasanton, CA. Into hiking, reading history, and playing Civ V. Berkeley EECS MS.

Preeti Amin, Extern (Summer 2020)

Chemical engineer turned data scientist. Loves walking the beautiful redwoods of South Bay, California.

Salim Chemlal, Extern (Fall 2019)

Machine learning PhD, formerly in health tech. Passionate educator from the mountains of Morocco.

Ruth Schulz, Extern (Fall 2019)

CogSci and Robotics PhD from Australia. Hobbies include doting on her two young daughters.

Yi-Lin Chen, Extern (Summer 2019)

CS and Statistics Double Masters. Knows machine vision kung fu. From Taipei, Taiwan.

Ru Chen, Extern (Summer 2019)

Physics PhD. Lawrence Berkeley Postdoc. NLP whiz from the bustling metropolis of Beijing.

Ryan Liu, Extern (Winter 2019)

Finance mathematics PhD. Used to roam the wilds of Wall St., now enjoys homemade bread in Berkeley, CA.

Rafael Takei, Frontend

Frontend ninja. Enjoys slaying foes on Valorant and League of Legends in spare time. From Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Allen Kong, Backend

Backend and data science. Might also be found slaying foes on Valorant and League of Legends. Based in Brooklyn, New York.

Lucy Zhao, Design

Industrial engineer from the banks of Lake Ontario. Loves languages. Ideal Saturday morning spent in a French class.

Chris Kok, Data science

Aerospace/ML engineer from Iowa. Enjoys reading and obsessively checking the price of cryptocurrencies.

Kujtim Rahmani, ML Engineer

Computer vision PhD. Former habitue of math competitions and karate classes. Based in Macedonia.

Gleb Azeev, Backend

Python, Java ninja. Superhuman ability to stay awake. Based in the Russian steppes of St. Petersburg.

Prabhas Kurapati, Intern (Summer 2023)

Berkeley EECS major. Origami enthusiast and budding film connoisseur. From the sunny sands of Florida.

Niki Collette, Intern (Summer/Fall 2020)

Program manager of Laputa (flying indoor robot project). Hails from the beaches of San Diego.

Alok Elashoff, Intern (Summer 2020)

Berkeley undergrad and avid board gamer. Especially fond of banana bread. Logs on from sunny Los Angeles.

Tejas Thvar, Intern (Summer 2020)

Berkeley EECS. Badminton pro and Call of Duty fan. From the hills of Los Altos, California.

Pranay Kashyap, Intern (Summer 2020)

Prerna’s little brother. ‘Nuff said. Based in Delhi.

Rahul Hayaran, Intern (Spring 2020)

Berkeley EECS undergrad. Enjoys cooking Indian fusion food and making origami flashers. From the wildlands of Plano, TX.

Suchita Joshi, Intern (Fall 2018)

Stanford AI4ALL program. Builds robots competitively from base in Cupertino, CA.

Isha Puri, Intern (Fall 2018)

Won 2nd at INTEL 2018. Built a CNN that detects dyslexia in children with 90%+ accuracy. From the woods of upstate NY.

Michelle Tran, Intern (Fall 2018)

Cybersecurity buff. Also into robotics. Also cross-stitching. CS major nestled in Boulder, Colorado.

Michelle Yakubek, Intern (Summer 2018)

Spelling bee champion. Likes NLP projects in obscure Southeast Asian languages. CS at MIT.

Meggie Su, Intern (Summer 2018)

Junior chess champion. Loves art, too. CS at UChicago.

Lora Johns, Apprentice (Spring-Summer 2019)

Lawyer turned aspiring data scientist. Yale Law JD. Also former librarian. Based in the Big Apple.

Arjun Kumar, Operations

An avid Mongolian throat singer. MS in MechE at Univ. of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.

Steve Shwartz, Advisor

AI veteran who led tech at several companies, including 3 IPO’s. Yale PhD. Enjoys hiking in Connecticut and rocking out to Pink.